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Aug 10, 2013 10:50pm EDT
left iraq in january of 2012 nd i remember obama going on tv and saying we are leaving an iraq with a free country. the last car bombing i covered. it was a huge car bombing when they hit the intelligence he quarters in downtown baghdad. i got there right away and there were several iraqi friends there. they had their cameras literally in their pockets. they had these point and shoot cameras. they didn't carry the bigger ones because it made you a target and get them beaten by iraqi security forces. they wouldn't take their cameras out of their pockets. i said you are not even going o try to sneak photos? they said we are not going to try to sneak photos anymore because we get beaten so badly. i went back that night, and they still hadn't taken pictures all day. >> i lived there for two years and i went back and covered raq for seven or eight years. it was really a mixed bag. like sometimes the military would have someone with you, and vetting people you could talk to, and hand-picking soldiers and steering you away. god forbid you would hear a bit of news. you would go to do a
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